Friday, August 19, 2011

Sights Around Olympia

 Procession of the Species:
Street Chalk Drawing followed by a Parade; proving life on earth matters.

I have been to this colorful parade before, but I have never known how it begins behind the scenes.  Did you know that there is an amazing art studio open to the public in downtown Olympia?  

I highly recommend going and if you do, bring a little cash to pay for your art supplies. The studio runs on donations alone! Their mission: To empower communities to engage in cultural relationships with the natural world as a means of sustaining efforts of environmental protection and restoration. That translates to: people celebrating nature in community.

On the day of the procession, as you sit on the side of the road waiting for the festivities to start, a flat bed wagon will come by carrying loads of big sidewalk chalk. Run out and grab a few colors, then create some artwork of your own while you wait.  But whatever you are doing when the parade begins, there will be no mistake about it because the sound of instruments makes you want to get up and dance. 

And the artwork and costumes that accompany the sounds are simply amazing!

There are people parading in groups,

or by themselves,

but however they pass by you, most of them are singing,

or dancing, 

And all of them moving. You should join them.

It’s a fun time to be had by all. Check out their website:

Thanks to DelaneyJewelry  for such a great blog post!

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